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HENRY WARD BEECHER
American Congregational clergyman, religious writer and reformer
(1813 - 1887)
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A babe is a mother's anchor.
      - [Babies]

A bird in a cage is not half a bird.
      - [Freedom]

A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society needs another Christ to die for it.
      - [Christianity]

A church debt is the devil's salary.
      - [Charity]

A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it.
      - [Strength]

A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative; but when a nation's young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung.
      - [Conservatism]

A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.
      - [Cunning]

A dull axe never loves grindstones, but a keen workman does; and he puts his tool on them in order that it may be sharp. And men do not like grinding; but they are dull for the purposes which God designs to work out with them, and therefore He is grinding them.
      - [Discipline]

A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness.
      - [Gambling]

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track,--but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.
      - [Sympathy]

A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.
      - [Law]

A library is a land of shadows.
      - [Libraries]

A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true.
      - [Lying]

A lie is a very short wick in a very small lamp. The oil of reputation is very soon sucked up and gone. And just as soon as a man is known to lie, he is like a two-foot pump in a hundred-foot well. He cannot touch bottom at all.
      - [Lying]

A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life.
      - [Religion]

A man in old age is like a sword in a shop window. Men that look upon the perfect blade do not imagine the process by which it was completed. Man is a sword, daily life is the workshop, and God is the artificer; and those cares which beat upon the anvil, and file the edge, and eat in, acid-like, the inscription upon his hilt,--these are the very things that fashion the man.
      - [Man]

A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone, for God is multitudinous above all populations of the earth.
      - [Majority]

A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah, what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life.
      - [Spirituality]

A man never has good luck who has a bad wife.
      - [Luck]

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange-tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden,--swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air.
      - [Man]

A man should fear when he enjoys only what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity, rather than the charity, that he loves?
      - [Charity]

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
      - [Anger]

A man who does not love praise is not a full man.
      - [Praise]

A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
      - [Character]

A man's religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious; if the Lord Jesus Christ is his schoolmaster, then he is Christianly religious.
      - [Religion]


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